At Governors State University, all Principal Investigators must complete training and a disclosure form prior to proposal submission and update regularly to remain in compliance.

The faculty and staff at GSU are pursuing an increasing number of sponsored research activities. The university plans to increase externally sponsored funding through contracts, grants and extramural funding. As sponsored research activities grow in sophistication and complexity, it becomes necessary to comply with federal regulations regarding significant financial conflicts of interest in research and educational activities.

A significant financial conflict of interest - FCOI - means a significant financial interest that could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct or reporting of research or educational activities. Faculty and staff of the university have the obligation to scrupulously maintain the objectivity of their research and educational activities by avoiding any financial conflicts of interest. GSU developed Policy 68 to protect the integrity of externally sponsored research and educational activities and to comply with federal regulations.

The purpose of this policy is to promote objectivity in externally funded research and educational activities by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct and reporting of research and educational activities funded under external grants or cooperative agreements will be free from bias resulting from the investigator (including the investigator's spouse and dependent children) having significant financial conflicts of interest.

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Governors State University has no financial conflicts of interest to report.